Army Dreamers: A Backwards Salute to Recruitment Films

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by Mark Simpson, The Guardian As a boy grow­ing up in the 1960s and 70s I was raised to fight The Second World War all over again. Airfix mod­els. Commando com­ics. Air tat­toos in June. Watching The Battle of Britain and The Longest Day on telly with my dad, just so I’d know what to do if I ever found myself pinned down on a Normandy beach or with an Me 109E on my tail. All of which made me easy prey to an RAF recruit­ing film about a buc­can­eer squad­ron train­ing…read more